Finance News: Development body contributes 214 jobs to Scottish economy

Mathew Little

Scottish social economy development organisation CEiS has helped to create or sustain more than 200 jobs in the past year, according to an independent evaluation by Glasgow University.

The study says that CEiS worked with 59 organisations to create or sustain 214 jobs.

The cost of each job created averaged £2,783, 16 per cent less than the planned-for figure of £3,300. CEiS's contribution to the Scottish economy came through direct employment-generating initiatives and consultancy and business support to not-for-profit organisations.

The organisation's Full Employment Areas Initiative has helped 300 Glaswegians into work over the past three years and has just received new funding from the Scottish Executive, Glasgow City Council and the European Union.

But most of its work is with social economy organisations, providing advice on business planning, strategy development, project research, feasibility studies or operations reviews.

"We are always delighted to see jobs directly created or sustained through our activities with social economy organisations," said chief executive Alistair Grimes, who is leaving to join Edinburgh consultancy Rocket Science in September. Equally, we're pleased to see that organisations are increasingly seeking assistance for a much wider range of issues.

"This reflects our ability to increase the type of services we offer."

CEiS, formerly known as Community Enterprise in Strathclyde, has expanded beyond its base in Glasgow and now serves not-for-profit organisations in Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and North Lanarkshire.

The evaluation states that CEiS expects to help create a further 350 jobs over the next 12 months.

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